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Huawei Y6s: Hands on Review

Huawei recently launched one of its newest devices, the Huawei Y6s in Kenya and its an exiting budget phone for grabs. The phone is the predecessor of the Huawei Y6 which picks a number of similarities between the two devices.

 Huawei Y6s specifications


The phone comes in two exciting colours: Orchid Blue and Starry Black giving the phone a warm and beautiful look.

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The device is available in Huawei retail stores across the country at Ksh13,999.

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It runs on Android 9 Pie and EMUI 9.1. For all those worried about Google apps, the device comes with them preinstalled including the Google Play Store, Google Drive, Sheets, Docs, Duo, Google App, Google Photos, Google Sheets and Google Slides.

An impressive 6.09” Dewdrop display with 87% screen-to-body ratio2 provides an ultra-broad view for gaming, browsing and reading. The HUAWEI Y6s also blocks out harmful blue light with a TÜV Rheinland certified screen, protecting your eyes from all-around.

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The device encompasses a large storage space. It has a 64 GB ROM memory and 512 GB expandable storage.
If you are space conscious you have no reason to miss on this one. You can keep your favourite shoots, movies and apps as much as you want.
Furthermore, it comes with an Extendable Read-Only File System (EROFS) technology that can automatically compress the pre-installed files into a smaller size for up to 2 GB more storage saved in the other apps.
Supported by EMUI 9.1, the simple and intuitive interface on this phone allows it to be stress-free and easy to use. The Easy Mode, Phone Clone and full-screen gesture navigation provide more possibilities for a convenient and smart life.


The HUAWEI Y6s provides a rear fingerprint sensor and face unlock. This phone can be unlocked in a flash to protect personal data.
It is Equipped with the Super Linear Speaker and powerful smart PA, HUAWEI Y6s can intelligently deliver deeper bass and brighter treble, not even loud music can fade it.  This an absolute rework from Huawei. The bass sound is incredibly worth to get your music playing all day.


The device features 13MP rear camera, Capture every fantastic moment with the stunning 13 MP rear camera and 8 MP front beauty camera. Featuring a wide f/1.8 aperture lens, with up to 50% more light,6 the quality and clarity in your brilliant shots will be enhanced no matter during the day or night.

  • Lowlight  shot on Y6s

Software and Battery performance

The HUAWEI Y6s comes with a 3020 mAh battery with intelligent battery optimization.  It takes approximately an hour to full charge. The software with hardware synergy works together to keep your phone going all day long.
The phone runs on Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.1 which is an upgrade from EMUI 9.
It also comes with pre-installed Google apps: Google Play Store, Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Duo, Google App, Google Photos, Google Sheets and Google Slides as illustrated in the screenshot.

Remember Huawei said its upcoming devices will come with an AppGallery, Huawei’s alternative to the Google Play Store? Google’s play store also available if you want to check out their app offerings.

AppGallery tags notable exiting apps both local and international from the likes of TikTok, Showmax, Likee, Daily Nation, VidMate, Font Manager, Deezer, CNN, MXPlayer Pro, InShot, Jumia, Kilimall, Jiji, Alibaba, Aliexpress, my Safaricom app, NTSA Self Service app, TrueCaller, MyTelkom, Holy Bible, Quran, Microsoft Office, WPS, Camscanner, NHIF, Fertility Tracker apps, StarTimes, Tracker apps, loan apps like Zenka, Video games and many others.

Actually, on AppGallery we have GB WhatsApp as a standalone App for users who love a fancy type of chat App. Another thing to note on AppGallery is the missing Facebook and WhatsApp Messenger.


-Pre-installed screen protector

-Comes with an interesting design, with a glossy top and matte half bottom for a solid feeling.

– Very audible,  the sound produced by the single downward-firing speaker of the Y6s is loud and very audible. can get loud and fill the room at maximum.

– The micro USB port

-comes in exciting colours, Orchid blue and Starry black.

-large storage expandable to 512 GB-  Good enough to store all your memories and events.

-Fingerprint scanner for security.

Good display and finish- the matte bottom makes the device less slippery a plus for users with delicate hands-on phones.

-The phone is dual Sim with support for Dual 4G VoLTE.

– Very light and comfortable to carry around

-The Y6s can shoot videos up to 1080p at 30 fps


-The front camera has a poor photo quality

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Val Lukhanyu
Val Lukhanyu
I cover technology news, startups, business and gadget reviews

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